climate change

Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

The West Lafayette City Council is considering a resolution which sounds good on its face – reduce the city’s carbon footprint by 20% at a time, repeated every four years. But this week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we talk with John Dennis about whether that’s feasible even once, let alone in ongoing fashion.

This spring's wet weather and flooding challenged Indiana farmers trying to plant their crops with enough time for them to fully grow. Many delayed planting, some grew no crops at all. 

Hoosiers Rally Around Indiana For Climate Change Action

Sep 21, 2019
Rebecca Thiele / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Hundreds of young people gathered in front of the Indiana Statehouse on Friday to demand action on climate change. This is the second Youth Climate Strike at the capitol in about six months. 

“Personally I think we’re going to come back here as many times as we need until our message gets across,” says co-organizer Daniel Tanner, a sophomore at Carmel High School.

Agriculture accounts for about 9 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. A recent United Nations climate report says to reduce those emissions, people need to eat less meat. 

Indiana ranks 14th for asthma-related deaths in the U.S. In 2016, there were about six times as many tick-borne illnesses in the state than there were a decade before. Health experts say rising temperatures are making these issues and others worse — and it’s time the U.S. addressed them. 

For many students in Indiana, eighth grade is the first and last time that they’ll focus on climate change in class. It's the only class required for all students that specifically talks about climate change in the Indiana education standards. Many high school students are encouraged to take courses that prepare them for college like chemistry and biology, instead of environmental science. 

Former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) is probably best known for his foreign policy efforts, but he was also a strong supporter for climate action. Lugar passed away at the age of 87 on Sunday. 

Record Heat Led To More High Ozone Days In Indiana

Apr 29, 2019

Even though Indiana’s air quality is improving, the American Lung Association says climate change is making it harder to protect people’s health. That’s the takeaway from the latest State of the Air report

Survey: Majority Of Hoosiers Believe In Climate Change

Apr 22, 2019

A statewide survey says the majority of Hoosiers believe climate change is happening and most support efforts to lessen its effects on Indiana. More than 1,000 people responded to the Indiana University Environmental Resilience Institute’s survey earlier this month. 

If climate policies don’t change, the Great Lakes will be a much less hospitable place for people and aquatic life. That’s one of the takeaways from a new report by more than a dozen universities in the Midwest and Canada. Activists hope the report will spur local lawmakers to act.

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